Milwaukee (46-48) at St. Louis (60-33)

Cloudy Currently: St. Louis, MO
Temp: 61° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 20, 2005
  • TV: FSMW
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St. Louis left-hander Mark Mulder and Milwaukee righty Ben Sheets will square off when the Cardinals and Brewers continue a four-game series at Busch Stadium.

Mulder has hit some rocky patches during his first season in St. Louis, but the 27-year-old hurler has won three of his last four decisions to improve to 10-5 on the year.

Mulder has allowed just one run in his last 17 innings. He’s given up six earned runs over his last four starts, a span of 27 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA from 4.75 to 4.13.

The 6-foot-6 southpaw did not receive a decision after allowing one run and eight hits in eight innings of St. Louis’ 4-3 win over Houston on Friday.

While St. Louis has a staff of talented starters, Milwaukee counts on Sheets and lefty Doug Davis to give them quality starts.

Sheets began the season 1-5, but he’s 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA over his last eight starts. The 27-year-old right-hander is 4-9 with a 4.27 ERA in 16 career starts against St. Louis.

Bill Hall’s two-run double in the eighth inning rallied the Brewers to a 5-4 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday.

Lyle Overbay homered and Brady Clark had three hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who beat the Cardinals for only the second time in eight meetings and ended St. Louis’ five-game winning streak. The Cardinals led 4-0 entering the fifth.

Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, his third in five games since the All-Star break, for the Cardinals. Scott Rolen and Einar Diaz each had an RBI, but the Cardinals lost for only the 10th time in 40 games against NL Central competition.

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Starting Pitchers

B. Sheets Atl vs. M. Mulder LAA
10-9 Record 16-8
3.33 ERA 3.64
141 K 111
25 BB 70
1.07 WHIP 1.38